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The Smashing Boxes' Blog features industry insights and innovations revealed through our work, thoughts and projects.

SB X DBC Happy Hour

We are joining with our neighbors, The Fruit and Suite Four, to host an end-of-summer happy hour. In celebration of the launch of Durham Bottling Co, and collaboration in our downtown community all three of our spaces will be open for tours, drinks, and networking.

New Members Join the Smashing Boxes Design Team

Steve Banfi and Mike Dalton recently joined the team, amplifying Smashing Boxes’ design offering.

Smashing Boxes has continued to expand over the past few months with new hires across a variety of disciplines.

We’re excited to welcome Steve Banfi and Mike Dalton, two experienced and creative designers recently added to our design group.

Right idea at the right time? Jarrod Overson Discusses New Triangle-Based Tech Company

In this episode of the Next Matters Most podcast, Overson discusses his wide-ranging experiences in the tech world and his new company, Vino Technologies, Inc.

By age 11, Jarrod Overson was already teaching himself how to program and creatively use technology, including making video games on his graphing calculator for friends in math class. A few decades later, Overson is still working with technology to create innovative solutions that help others.

In the latest episode of the Next Matters Most podcast, Smashing Boxes CEO Nick Jordan spoke with the Silicon Valley transplant about his career history, his move to the Research Triangle and his new company, Vino Technologies, Inc.

New to the Research Triangle area, Overson was director of engineering at Shape Security, where he led the company’s Enterprise Defense development, the industry-leading solution against imitation attacks. His new business, Vino, provides a low-code application platform that is made of building blocks that you can reshare, remix and reuse anywhere.

In addition to recently starting Vino, Overson also co-wrote O’Reilly’s Developing Web Components and is the creator of Plato, a static analysis tool for web applications. He also speaks about his passion for using technology to help others, discusses modern web threats and cybercrime, and has been quoted by Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and CNET, among others.

Smashing Boxes Aids Keen Decision Systems’ Continued Growth

Keen Decision Systems uses a software platform to generate accurate predictions for clients’ future performance.

Keen Decision Systems, a Smashing Boxes client, helps marketing leaders make data-driven decisions that build winning brands.

Based out of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, the quickly growing company helps beloved brands reach customers more efficiently.

Keen uses a software platform that generates accurate predictions for clients’ future performance. These results help companies make smarter decisions about how to drive growth. Some of the clients Keen has worked with include Campbell’s Soup Co., AT&T, Philips, and Church & Dwight.

Smashing Boxes is working to elevate Keen to the next level and help the company continue to grow and reach more of its clients.

“Through design changes and re-architecting of the user experience for Keen Decision Systems, we’re assuring that marketers can reach the right audiences in the best ways,” said Smashing Boxes CEO Nick Jordan. “By revamping Keen's designs and creating innovative changes to the user experience, we’re helping the company further grow and have an even bigger impact on the market.”

CEO Greg Dolan and Chief Product Officer John Busbice co-founded Keen in 2010. With a three-year growth rate of nearly 182 percent, the company has been listed on Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America since 2019. It was also named a “2021 Best Tech Startup” by The Tech Tribune. The expert team acts with empathy and precision to help clients succeed.

“At Smashing Boxes, we work with a wide variety of clients, like Keen, to help them scale, grow and innovate,” said Jordan.

For more information on Keen Decision Systems, visit

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